A UK logistics firm has invested £10m in developing the greenest storage and distribution hub in central England to support the growth of European retailers and manufacturers.
The purpose-built carbon neutral warehouse from Midlands-based PGS Global Logistics is attracting strong interest from Europe due to its sustainable storage and distribution facilities. The new warehouse has an A-rated energy performance certificate (EPC) and benefits from 500 energy generating solar panels, backed up by an industrial battery storage system.
The warehouse will double PGS Global Logistics’ pallet storage capabilities from 15,000 to 30,000 and benefits from Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) pallet racking to maximise capacity.
Electric forklift trucks and a fully integrated market-leading warehouse management system have enabled the company to develop a facility for storage, picking and packing that is ideally suited to ecommerce and more traditional routes to market.
The warehouse will also act as a hub for same day and next day parcel distribution, pallet and full truck load deliveries to all areas of the UK, including the distribution centres of all major retailers.
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David Bayliss, commercial director at PGS Global Logistics, said: “PGS Global Logistics is becoming a beacon for European ecommerce firms needing a UK base with sustainability at its heart.
“We recognise that distributors and retailers are under increasing pressure from customers to reduce their environmental impact, particularly within the supply chain, so we aim to support retailers’ carbon neutral goals by providing a sustainable link to the UK market.”
By investing in renewable energy sources, PGS Global Logistics aims to generate enough electricity to be self-sufficient for approximately eight months of the year.
The bonded warehouse has been developed to serve European customers who want a centrally-located distribution centre in the UK that can offset some of the carbon emissions from the supply chain and provide an end-to-end international solution via road, ocean and air.
Bayliss added: “This is the biggest investment in our 30-year history and as an independent company, we are proud to be leading the way with our carbon neutral goals and to be future-proofing our business for the benefit of our customers and the environment.
“The new site will provide a number of key benefits for European companies. The warehouse will have a bonded facility plus the essential British Retail Consortium accreditation, making it the most attractive option to entice multiple market sectors.
“Whether goods are arriving from the EU or directly from other worldwide sources, PGS Global Logistics can accept, pick, pack and deliver within 24 hours.”